You know those used-panty vending machines in Japan? Well, forget about them:
When foreigners gush about finding a used panty vending machine, they’re usually referring to a gachapon machine. While many of the machines advertise the contents as used, anyone who can read Japanese knows that this isn’t the case…
Above the price … are the words “super used kakou.” Kakou, in this case, means that the panties were manufactured to appear used kind of like the Abercrombie jeans that are sold with holes and frayed edges straight from the factory. The addition of [the] two kanji characters makes it instantly apparent to a native speaker that the panties are not, in fact, used. Perhaps an enterprising gachapon machine salesperson realized that they could trick non-Japanese into believing the urban legend by slapping a single English word on the sign.
If this restores your faith in humanity, do not proceed below the jump.
While panty vending and gacha machines have largely disappeared from the Japanese landscape, that’s not to say a pervert can’t find used panties. It’s actually disturbingly easy. Like many other commodities, their distribution has moved online.
A search for “shiyou-zumi shitagi,” the technical term for “used underwear” in Japanese, returns 683,000 results on Yahoo Japan (the country’s most popular search engine). One site, based in Osaka, offers photo profiles like some kind of perverted social network complete with the purported age, occupation, and measurements of each woman who is selling her undergarments.
“I’m a 25-year-old beauty advisor,” reads the profile of the site’s number-one seller. “Check my gallery to see what clothes I have to offer. I’ll wear each item for three days before sending it to you. I’ll include a photo, but please don’t request a specific pose!” Her online shop includes everything, from used panties and bras (3,000 yen each, or US$28) to an erotic photo album (10,000 yen, or US$93). But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Beyond that, deponent blockquoteth not.